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Arax Mansourian

ARAX MANSOURIAN is a graduate of voice from the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia. She was one of the leading sopranos of the Armenian National Opera before moving to Australia in 1994.Endowed with an exquisite timbre, broad vocal range and fine acting ability, Ms Mansourian has performed in the great operas of outstanding Armenian, Russian and European composers. She has appeared in the title role of Verdi's "Aida", Leonora (Il Trovatore), Elisabetta de Valois (Don Carlos), Nedda (Pagliacci), Mimí (La Boheme), Tatiana (Eugene Onegin), Lisa (Pikovaya Dama), Maddalena (Andrea Chenier), Shoushan (Davit Bek), and the title role in Tigranian's "Anoush". 1993 Arax was invited to Moscow to sing Aram Khachaturian's three concert areas with Moscow symphony orchestra.Since living in Australia Arax Mansourian has included the roles of Liu (Turandot), Desdemona (Otello), Leonora (La Forza del Destino), Elisabeth (Tannhauser), Elisabetta de Valois (Don Carlo), Amelia Grimalldi (Simon Boccanegra), Kundry (Parsifal), Isolde (Tristan and Isolde), Madelon (Ardrea Chenier), Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera) in her repertoire for Opera Australia.She sang with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO), in a series of ABC "Swoon" Concerts at the Sydney Opera House, and in an Opera Gala with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.1996 in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Arax performed the soprano part in Beethoven's Symphony No.9 and during 1996/97 she also toured with the role of 'Aida' for the International Michael Edgley / Kevin Jacobson stadium production of "Aida" in Perth, Brisbane, Singapore and Auckland.1997 Victory Day celebration Concert with "Serenade" Chamber Orchestra in Yerevan.1999 By special invitation Arax performed concert with the Armenian Symphony Orchestra.2000 She was the soprano soloist in Verdi's "Requiem" at the Sydney Opera House with The Sydney Philharmonia and also for Britten's "War Requiem" with Independent Classics in Melbourne. 2002, Arax performed the title role of 'Katya' in "Katya Kabanova" at Sydney Opera House. In the same year, she performed the title role of 'Santuzza' in "Cavalleria Rusticana" at Melbourne Art Centre, Opera Queensland and Sydney Opera House.2003 She was invited to sing a concert as a tribute to Armenia's Cosmic Ray Division in San Francisco and Los Angeles, same year she performed the title role of 'Tosca' in "Tosca" at Opera Queensland.2004 Sang debut performance of "See my Children Fly" concert aria by Australian composer John Haddock. She also sang a concert with the Armenian symphony orchestra in Yerevan Armenia.2006, Arax performed Fata Morgana in "The Love for Three Oranges" by Prokofiev for Opera Australia. In that same year she also performed the opera "Anoush" in Sydney for the Armenian General Benevolent Unions 100th Anniversary.2007, By special invitation Arax performed concert in Yerevan, and also in Cairo, Egypt.2009 Performed concerts in Kaifeng China. also in Yerevan Armenia in honour of the 70th birthday celebrations of Arax's brother and Grammy Award nominated composer Tigran Manourian's.Arax Mansourian has been highly acclaimed for her vocal artistry and soul-stirring expressiveness. As one of Armenia's best performers of Chamber Music, she has performed old and new masterpieces of that genre in various capitals of the Soviet Union, Moscow, Petersburg, Ukraine, Estonia, Georgia as well as the concert halls of Bulgaria, Sweden, East Germany, France, Holland, Canada, the United States, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Australia.

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